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Scenario

Rocks falling down a rocky slope, with a flat surface at the bottom. When they land on the surface, the rocks move slightly before coming to a rest.

GLESDebugDraw shows the bright orange outline turning to a slightly darker orange once a rock comes to a rest, until the rock is agitated by another falling rock.

Question: I would like to add an impulse to the rock once it reaches the rest state. How would I implement that?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Given that this has been edited, I'm surprised none has provided any kind of comment or answer for this question. \$\endgroup\$
    – phpN00b
    Jun 25, 2014 at 2:37

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If you have sleeping allowed (and the b2_timeToSleep is sufficiently short for your needs) you can use the b2Body::isAwake function to test if a rock is settled.

Pseudo-code:

For body in bodies:
  If(body is rock and not body->isAwake()) Then
    //Apply impulse
  End If
End loop
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I've come across this problem before when I was developing some physics code for a college project. I'm going to make an assumption that there is some code handling whether or not your rock is in a rest state. If you don't have this piece of code then it can be implemented as follows:

float positionEpsilon = [EPSILONVAL] // Use to check if the position of the rock has changed by a significant amount

// Update the rock 
void UpdateRock(Time delta)
{
    changeInPosition = [CURRPOS] - [PREVPOS] // Take the last position from the current position
    .
    .     // Some code
    .
    if(changeInPosition < positionEpsilon)
    {
        // Here you could perform an action on the rock
        // or put it to sleep and check if it's asleep
        // in another part of the code
    }
}

That's a general enough explanation of how I got it working in my project where I just used basic C++ to build the engine. You're using Box2D so it should be much easier to check if a body is asleep using b2Body::isAwake() function.

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